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Esterville didn't have a mascot until one of its smaller football teams happened to upset a much larger team from Jackson, Minn. The newspaper article following the game nicknamed them the Mighty Midgets. The second part of that name stuck.
Lamoni High School must have been going for irony when they chose The Demons as their mascot, considering the city of Lomoni is a significant historic area for the Community of Christ (formerly known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints). Perhaps the Lamoni Saints would have made more sense.
Nike is considered the goddess of victory in Greek mythology. Currently, the Nikes mascot is a fighting angel that looks like a little boy with a halo. Although it seems to be a mystery of how the school become the Nikes, the 5-6 year old fighting angel mascot behind the Nike name is perhaps a nod at the mythical goddess.
Story City, IA
In the fall of 1969, the Roland Community School District and the Story City Community School District reorganized and became the Roland-Story Community School District. Prior to the reorganization, the Roland sports teams were known as the Rockets/Rockettes and the Story City sports teams were known as the Vikings/Viqueens. The district didn't want to use either of the previous nicknames, but wanted to start anew. Both Roland and Story City have a very strong Norwegian heritage, and the schools wanted to use that heritage in naming the new sports team. Somehow, the name Norsemen was suggested. The Norsemen were the "work-horses" of Norway and it seemed a great name.
Many people ask, what exactly is an orab? "Orab" is actually a made up word. It is a cohesive fusion of the two brilliant and powerful Sheldon school colors, orange and black, to create one magnificent and indestructable word and mascot, Orab. The Orabs were once unduly deemed the worst mascot name ever by the Des Moines Register.